St. Francis loved this place above all others.
For there had also been built in that place a church of the Virgin Mother who merited by Her singular humility to be, after Her son, the head of all the saints. In this church the Order of Friars Minor had its beginning, there, as on a firm foundation, when their number had grown, the noble fabric of the order arose. The holy man loved this place above all others; this place he commanded his brothers to venerate with a special reverence; this place he willed to be preserved as a model of humility and highest poverty for their order, reserving the ownership of it to others, and keeping only the use of it for himself and his brothers. - Thomas of Celano
As is well known, St. Francis obtained from Our Lady
what is known as the Porziuncola Indulgence
- or Great Pardon of Assisi -
which can be gained by any of the faithful
on The 2nd of August from Midnight to Midnight.
For information on the plenary indulgence, go here.
Prayer of St. Francis
Hail, O Lady, Holy Queen,Mary, holy Mother of God: you are the Virgin chosen by the most Holy Father in heaven whom He consecrated with His most holy beloved Son and with the Holy Spirit the Paraclete, in whom there was and is all fullness of grace and every good.
Hail His Tabernacle!
Hail His Dwelling!
Hail His Robe!Hail His Servant!
Hail His Mother!
And hail all you holy virtuesWhich are poured into the hearts of the faithfulthrough the grace and enlightenment of the Holy Spirit,that from being unbelievers,you may make them faithful to God. Amen.
Our Lady of the Angels.
August Queen of Heaven, sovereign queen of Angels, you who at the beginning received from God the power and the mission to crush the head of Satan, we beseech you humbly, send your holy legions so that, on your orders and by your power, they will track down demons, fight them everywhere, curb their audacity and plunge them into the hell.
Who can be compared to God? Oh good and tender Mother, you will always be our love and our hope. Oh divine Mother, send the Holy Angels and Archangels to defend me and to keep the cruel enemy far from me. Holy Angels and Archangels defend us, protect us. Amen. - Source